The Midnight Library - Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig

  • Release Date: 2020-09-29
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
The Midnight Library book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,664 Ratings)

The Midnight Library Matt Haig Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick
"A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post 

The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book.


Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

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User reviews about this book

  • So good!

    By meggdogg
    This was a lovely book. Entertaining and inspiring. I wish I could read it again for the first time.
  • Read it now!

    By a.struble
    Such a great thought provoking book. Just amazing I finished it feeling a renewed sense of life and all that it has to offer. Such a fun story!
  • Great read

    By LayraA
    Sleep deprived with a newborn, I still managed to read “just one more chapter” night after night. A beautiful book full of wisdom and honesty.
  • Heartwarming

    By danielleem412
    I loved this book! Great concept and creatively written. Makes you really think!
  • The Midnight Library

    By sim1kcs
    Loved this book, so creative!
  • Interesting premise

    By real_megbrady
    Interesting premise. Not the best writing style, and a bit cheesy. However, kept my attention. Worth a read if you’re looking for something distracting and like the idea of the novel.
  • Cute and heartwarming

    By TheMadPlaiter
    Creative tale about life. Short and easy read, also easily holds your attention.
  • Fascinating

    By Nattiecole
    I really enjoyed the book! It was an easy read. It makes you think all aspects into your own life.
  • Regrets halt progress

    By Sass-Shae
    This book was something I needed at this point in my life. Other reviews said it was uplifting and I suppose that’s true, but mainly it’s eye-opening. It’s a reminder that the life you’re living is also skewed by the life of yesterday- you’re obsessing over. So, stop obsessing over what’s done if you can. Presence. Being present matters.
  • SO GOOD!

    By Klynnstks
    I finished this in two days! I loved this book! Highly recommend. It makes you think about life and “mistake” and “regrets” in a simple and beautiful way. 10/10

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